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  • February 8, 2017

Pediatric Leaders Predict Future Health Care Innovations

25 years of health care innovation logoThought leaders sound off on what the future may bring.  

GENOMICS

“Regenerative medicine, genomics and tissue engineering in the treatment of pediatric disease and injury will have a tremendous impact on pediatric health care.”
John P. McCabe, executive vice president, Shriners Hospitals for Children

CARE DELIVERY

“Efforts will be on accelerating the advancement and transformation of care delivery to children while simultaneously revolutionizing payment systems.”
James E. Shmerling, D.P.H., FACHE, president and CEO, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

DEMOGRAPHICS

“Families will be more diverse, more informed and more financially responsible for care. Because of these drivers, the location, methods, technology, and composition of the care team will evolve.”
Rick Majzun, vice president, operations, St. Louis Children’s Hospital

CRISPR

“Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) is a genome editing tool that removes an infected gene—HIV or cancer as examples—and fixes the gene to eradicate disease. It’s a profound innovation. The downside: the potential for creating ‘designer babies.’”
M. Narendra Kini, M.D., M.H.A., CEO, Miami Children’s Health System

FETAL SURGERY

“We will change outcomes by treating complex conditions and life-threatening diseases in utero. We will also correct genetic disorders in the developing fetus, allowing for cures to devastating diseases before a baby is born.”
Brad Feltis, M.D., surgical director, Fetal Medicine, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

THE COMMUNITY

“Improving health and well-being will go beyond a hospital’s walls. Children’s hospitals need to address social issues, like hunger and housing insecurity, to improve the health of communities.”
Lori Ferguson, vice president, Patient Care Services, ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital 

SPECIALTY CARE

“There will be an increase in the role specialty care organizations and post-acute care facilities play in caring for children with chronic and complex medical needs. Care will focus on keeping them out of hospitals, while the parents’ role in managing care will become more prevalent.”
Warren Moore, CEO, Children’s Specialized Hospital

ACCESS TO CARE

“The future is calling for an enterprise model of pediatric care. Most insurance products are currently focused on the adult—families find out their network doesn’t offer access to the pediatric specialist they want.”
Stacy Nicholson, M.D., M.P.H., physician-in-chief, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

CRITICAL CARE

“Children’s hospitals will move to a greater intensity of critical care patients. Care will continue to move to the outpatient arena, with fewer medical and surgical beds and more critical care capacity.”
Thomas D. Kmetz, division president, Women’s and Children’s Services and Norton Children’s Hospital

Also see related article 25 Biggest Pediatric Health Care Innovations in 25 Years.